Programmable photon pair source

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Author(s)

  • Liang Cui
  • Jinjin Wang
  • Jiamin Li
  • Mingyi Ma
  • Xiaoying Li

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Original languageEnglish
Article number016101
Journal / PublicationAPL Photonics
Volume7
Issue number1
Online published3 Jan 2022
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

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Abstract

Photon pairs produced by the pulse-pumped nonlinear parametric processes have been a workhorse of quantum information science (QIS). Engineering the spectral property of quantum states is crucial for practical QIS applications. However, photon pairs with desirable spectral properties are currently achieved with specially engineered optical hardware but with severely limited flexibility in tuning the spectral properties of the sources. Here, we demonstrate a spectrally programmable photon pair source by exploiting a two-stage nonlinear interferometer scheme with a computer-controlled phase device. The phase-control device can introduce phase shifts for spectral engineering by a programmable phase function that can be arbitrarily defined. When the phase function is properly designed, the output spectrum of the source can be freely customized and changed without replacing any hardware component in the system. Using this approach, we are able to program photon pairs with factorable positively correlated and negatively correlated spectra. In addition, we also realize a source of multi-dimensional three-channel spectrally factorable photon pairs. Our investigation provides a flexible and powerful new approach for engineering the mode profile of photon pairs and should find wide applications in QIS.

Research Area(s)

  • SPECTRAL PROPERTIES, DOWN-CONVERSION, FIBER, ENTANGLEMENT, GENERATION, INTERFERENCE

Citation Format(s)

Programmable photon pair source. / Cui, Liang; Wang, Jinjin; Li, Jiamin; Ma, Mingyi; Ou, Z. Y.; Li, Xiaoying.

In: APL Photonics, Vol. 7, No. 1, 016101, 01.2022.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review

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